American Society of Hematology

The Hematologist: ASH News and Reports, the Society's member newsletter, is designed for the broad constituency of ASH, all working toward the ultimate goal of conquering blood diseases. The Hematologist updates readers about important developments in the field of hematology and highlights what ASH is doing for its members.

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CAR T Cells in Refractory Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma

Dr. LaCasce looks at CAR T-cell therapy as a new approach to treating refractory aggressive DLBCL.

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Podcast: Perioperative Bridging is Falling Down

Drs. Cuker and Ortel discuss the BRIDGE study, concluding bridging may be appropriate in some cases.

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Computed Tomography Provides No Benefit over Routine Screening for Occult Cancer

Dr. George discusses possible advantages to routine screening for occult cancer using CT.

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Presidents Column

Dr_ David A_ Williams - Presidents Column

David A. Williams, MD

Chief of Hematology/Oncology; Director of Clinical and Translational Research, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Making Sense of New Drug Discovery
August 10, 2015

Dr. Williams highlights the many resources ASH provides to strengthen the field's research and drug discovery efforts.

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Clinical Trials Corner

CAR T Cells in Refractory Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
August 12, 2015

Dr. LaCasce discusses a study that evaluates CAR T-cell therapy as a promising novel approach in patients with refractory aggressive B-cell lymphoma.

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Ask The Hematologist

Ask the Hematologist: Treating Patients with Relapsed/Refractory Hairy Cell Leukemia
June 18, 2015

Dr. Kreitman talks about his management approaches to treating patients with relapsed or refractory hairy cell leukemia.

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Mini Review

New Clinical and Research Directions in Myeloma-Related Bone Disease
August 13, 2015

Dr. Raje and Dr. Santo discuss new insights into MM-related bone biology and potential novel therapeutic approaches for treating bone disease.

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ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative
September 2, 2015

The 2015 MMSAP/MRI winners discuss their research and mentor experience.

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  • New Proposed Guidance on the 340B Drug Discount Program

    On August 28, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is responsible for administering the 340B program, issued draft guidance  that is intended to clarify and in some cases establish rules for participating in the program.  The proposed guidance demonstrate some of the administrative difficulty of the program for both participants and the government monitors.

  • NIH Identifies Priorities for Pediatric Therapeutics

    In compliance with the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA), NIH published a list of therapeutics identified by the agency as the highest priority for study in pediatric populations. The BPCA requires sponsors of drugs for adult indications to study pediatric indications if a disease occurs in children. NIH must update its priority list every three years.

  • NHLBI Releases Draft Strategic Research Priorities for Review and Comments

    The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) released its draft strategic research priorities and is requesting additional input from the scientific community by August 28, 2015. The strategic planning process aims to identify compelling questions and critical challenges that should be addressed within the next decade.  ASH submitted several research recommendations based on the ASH Agenda for Hematology Research and ASH Sickle Cell Priorities and is pleased to see many of them incorporated into the NHLBI's draft strategic research priorities. All ASH members are encouraged to review and comment by the deadline.  Please see link above for more details.

  • Medicare Releases Proposed Payment Rates and Associated Policies for Physicians in 2016

    On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule  governing payments for physician services and other associated policies covering the calendar year of 2016.  This is the first physician fee schedule proposed rule following the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which eliminated the sustainable growth rate formula that had long mandated cuts each year.  Please follow the link above to learn more.

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